Women's soccer ends season on high note

The women’s soccer team hoped to end on a brighter page going into its last week. With its conference campaign completed, the Engineers had two games left, in which they were able to turn around their streak of five losses.

The Engineers hosted the Hartwick College Hawks at the East Campus Stadium on October 28 in an intense match. RPI grabbed an early goal six minutes into the game when senior Briana Bet hit the ball into the penalty area where freshman Shannon Maguire successfully scored. The Engineers continued to pressure the Hawks throughout the first half, but were unable to find the net again. Hartwick managed to finish up the first half with the lead in shots and corner kicks, 8-7 and 5-0, respectively, but the attempts were unable to make it past RPI’s goalie, freshman forward Melissa Pinsonneault.

The second half of the match was a battle between the two teams as the Engineers tried to maintain their advantage, while the Hawks attempted to swing the game in their favor. RPI finished the second half with an 8-5 shots advantage over Hartwick, but neither team managed to put another point on the scoreboard. In total, RPI limited Hartwick to only three shots on goal, earning its 1-0 victory over the Hawks. Pinsonneault made three saves for the Engineers, and senior Jaclyn Henry took over the goalkeeper position at halftime to combine for the shutout. This win over Hartwick raised the Engineers’ overall record to 5-11-1 before they entered their final game of the season.

This past Saturday, the Engineers closed off their season with a non-conference match against the Utica College Pioneers. The first goal of the game came from Maguire in the 37th minute. Then, eight minutes later, freshman Kelsey Byrne made her way in behind the defense on a break-away and was able to shoot the ball past the goalie for the second point of the game. As the first half came to a close, RPI had a 6-1 advantage in shots as well as a 2-0 advantage in score.

Once the second half got into full swing, senior Jessica Batty’s shot from the right side navigated inside the far post, raising the Engineers’ advantage to three in the 61st minute. Less than one minute later, Maguire scored her second goal of the game off a rebound in front of the net. Freshman Tessa McGee finished off scoring for the Engineers in the 75th minute with a shot from outside the box. Henry saved the only shot she encountered to earn her third shutout of the season. RPI finished the game in the lead 5-0 with a 20-2 advantage in shots, including 12-1 on goal.

The Engineers concluded their season with a 6-11-1 record. Maguire led the team in scoring, who has a team-best 12 goals and an assist for 25 points. Freshman midfielder Nikki Goodsell finished the season with two goals and four assists for a total of eight points, while junior midfielder Danielle Redmond collected three goals and an assist for seven points. Pinsonneault concluded the season with a total of 54 saves and has seen the majority of action in the Engineers’ net.

The Liberty League has named 13 members of the RPI women’s soccer team to the Fall All-Academic Team, including seniors Briana Bet, Amanda Brophy, Stephanie Caouette, Heather Lautman, Katerine McSpiritt, Amanda Nicklin, Batty, and Henry; juniors Tracy Breslin, Samantha Cotter, and Lauren Lisel; and sophomores Tonya Frank and Catherine Harvey.